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Transport - 2003






















Caledonian MacBrayne has won approval from the Scottish Executive to build a new £2m ferry terminal in Oban.

Celsius First, the cold storage company with sites in Coleshill and Stratford, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Oregon Capital Partners.

VLM Airlines is to create 35 jobs with the launch of a new service between Liverpool John Lennon Airport to London City Airport from February.

Bombardier has bought Chapman Transport Seating, which employs about 150 people in Derby, Surrey and South Wales, out of administration.

Londonderry Port is planning to invest £20m over the next five years, in order to double the size of the business.

Wiggins is to raise £46m to fund the development of its airports and commercial property business, and will change its name to PlaneStation Group.

The Department for Transport has approved plans for the development of an 11-mile guided bus scheme between Cambridge and Huntingdon and an 8-mile scheme between Bedford and Dunstable.

EasyJet is to expand its low-cost airline operation at Paris Orly airport, having secured 2,190 additional flight slots per year.

Associated British Ports is considering plans to invest more than £40m in the expansion of the port of Immingham over the next three years.

The Department for Transport is to support plans to develop new runways at Stansted and Heathrow airports, and has also expressed support for new runways in Birmingham and Edinburgh and expansion projects at other airports.

Thomsonfly is planning to launch a new low-cost holiday airline at Coventry Airport in March, with the creation of more than 200 jobs.

TNT is to relocate its Curzon Street parcel depot in Birmingham to a £7m site at Network Park, in order to make way for a new £130m library.

Network Rail has secured a £22bn government funding package to invest in track, signals and stations.

Stagecoach is to close its bus depot in Kirkcaldy next spring, in order to relocate up to 200 jobs to Glenrothes and Aberhill.

Tellings Golden Miller has acquired the remaining 63% of Burtons Coaches, the East Anglia-based bus and coach operator with 42 vehicles.

English Welsh & Scottish Railway is planning to relocate up to 25 maintenance jobs from Thornaby to North Lincolnshire, as a result of Royal Mail's decision to transfer more work from rail to road.

Wolverhampton Airport is planning a £10m expansion of its training and aircraft maintenance operations, with the creation of 200 jobs over the next year.

Ryanair is to open new bases in Spain and Italy early next year, as part of a strategy to become the largest short-haul airline in Europe.

Prestwick Airport is to provide the base for a new airline called Air Omega UK, which will launch flights to unnamed destinations early next year with the creation of about 100 jobs.

Flybe is adding four new routes from Southampton Airport, including flights to Glasgow and three French airports, with the creation of about 100 jobs.

Corby Council is to consider plans from Rosemound Developments for the construction of a 160,000 sq ft distribution centre at Weldon South Industrial Estate, and a "household name" will create up to 200 jobs at the site.

Associated British Ports is to invest £0.7m in the provision of new storage facilities for North Sea Lumber at Alexandra Dock in Hull.

Hays has sold most of its logistics business to Platinum Equity of the US for £102m, and is now looking to sell its mail division and the remaining logistics operations in the US and Germany.

Royal Mail is to close its sorting depot at Stafford train station and relocate the 21 staff to other sites.

Simon Group has announced plans to invest £25m in the expansion of the Humber Sea Terminal at Killingholme, including a fourth roll-on roll-off berth, with the creation of about 100 jobs.

BAA is to invest £450m at Heathrow airport over the next ten years, to prepare for the introduction of the A380 super-jumbo aircraft.

Port of Tyne is creating 24 new jobs in South Shields and expanding its haulage fleet by 30%, following an increase in demand from manufacturers.

Forth Ports is to build a £31m paper and board warehouse for Stora Enso of Finland at the port of Tilbury.

Associated British Ports is to build a second £6m roll-on roll-off freight terminal at the port of Ipswich, and a contractor will be selected in February.

Yearsley Cold Storage & Distribution is to build a new £10m depot in Seaham, County Durham, with the creation of 150 jobs over the next two years, and is also seeking sites in the South and Scotland.

Humberside Airport is seeking permission to extend its passenger terminal, and this is expected to be followed by a series of other expansion projects.

Exel is to acquire Cappelletti, the Italian logistics company with annual turnover of about £30m.

Great Yarmouth Port Authority is to build a new £1.1m warehouse to cope with rising trade in grain and timber, while £0.6m will be spent on quay repairs.

Dawlish Coaches, the Devon-based coach company with 50 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.

BAe Systems is to sell BAe Systems Flight Training, the Spanish civil flying training school with 95 staff, to a management team.

Babcock International has sold BMH Marine, the Swedish supplier of ship unloading equipment, to Catella Private Equity for £1.7m.

EasyJet is to move into the German market by setting up an operating base at Berlin Schonefeld airport, and will launch 11 routes in May.

West Midlands Passenger Transport Authority has revealed proposals for a £875m expansion of the Metro system, including new lines to Walsall, Digbeth, Bartley Green, Birmingham International Airport and Great Barr.

James Fisher is to acquire Air Supply of Norway for £4.8m and WM Defence of the UK for £3.1m, in order to expand its marine support services business.

Ryanair has announced the creation of 200 engineering jobs at a new aircraft maintenance facility at Prestwick Airport, which is due to open by the end of the year.

Newcastle Airport is planning a £7m expansion programme, including new routes, a larger departure lounge and more shops.

Bombardier is seeking permission to build a new train maintenance depot in Derby, with the creation of 60 jobs.

Teesside Airport is considering plans to change its name to Durham-Tees Valley, as part of a multi-million pound redevelopment programme.

Simon Group is to set up new terminal and berthing facilities at its Humber Sea Terminal, which will enable United European Car Carriers to import 100,000 cars a year.

Interfleet Technology has acquired TrainTech Engineering, the Swedish railway rolling stock consultancy with 90 staff.

Eddie Stobart, the haulage company with about 1,500 staff, is to be acquired by WA Developments International of Appleby for undisclosed terms.

Clydeport is to proceed with the next phase of proposals for the development of a £200m container hub at Hunterston in Ayrshire, which will create at least 250 jobs.

Cambridgeshire County Council has approved plans from Network Rail for the development of a £30m rail maintenance depot in the town of March, and some of the workforce will relocate from the Temple Mills depot in London.

Test Valley Borough Council is considering proposals to expand Andover bus station at a cost of £2.6m.

National Air Traffic Services is to resume work on the development of a new £120m air traffic control centre at Prestwick, and the site is expected to be operational by 2009.

Compania Sud Americana de Vapores of Chile has established an agency headquarters for its shipping business in Liverpool, and the initial workforce of 60 is expected to grow.

Eddie Stobart is relocating the headquarters of its trucking business from Carlisle to Warrington, in order to get closer to its customers.

Amaro Professional Distribution is seeking a 40,000 sq ft site to consolidate its Gateshead-based mail distribution operations, and expects to create hundreds of new jobs.

Forth Ports is to invest £5m in the expansion of the freight-handling capacity at the port of Grangemouth, including new warehouses, reception facilities, a multi-container stacking system and IT improvements.

Associated British Ports is to invest more than £1m in new facilities at the Port of Southampton, having won a contract with Channel Freight Ferries to provide a daily ro-ro service to Rouen.

European Metal Recycling is considering plans to expand its rail network to cover 14 waste metal depots feeding scrap into Liverpool, and is currently doubling the size of its major railhead at the Port of Liverpool.

British Airways is recruiting an additional 300 cabin crew and 100 check-in staff.

Stagecoach has sold its Coach USA taxi operations in Texas to Texas Taxi for £17m.

Pendennis Shipyard in Falmouth has secured a £2.9m DTI grant to build a new dry dock and paint facility, with the creation of 83 jobs.

Aspray Transport is seeking permission for the £6.5m expansion of its haulage site in Willenhall, which could create up to 150 jobs.

Seaham Harbour Dock Company has been acquired by Victoria Group, the owner of ports in Plymouth and Liverpool that is looking to expand its trade routes to the Baltic Sea.

ScotRail is to expand its engineering depot in Inverness with the creation of eight jobs.

Tibbett & Britten has expanded its logistics business in Germany with the acquisition of a 27% stake in Vfw.

Siemens is planning to build a train maintenance depot in Manchester with the creation of about 70 jobs, and a second depot will be built in York.

Associated British Ports is investing £3.5m in infrastructure works at the Port of Newport in South Wales, in order to expand the facilities for Australian metals-recycling company Sims Group.

Thomas Cook Airlines is planning to double the number of charter flights from Newcastle Airport from 18 to 36 next year, with the creation of 50 jobs.

Orkney Islands Council has published an economic report into proposals for the development of a £636m container port in Scapa Flow, but the project may face competition from a similar scheme at Hunterston in Ayrshire.

Securicor is looking to spend up to £120m on acquisitions to expand its global security services business.

Safestore, the operator of 23 self-storage sites, has undergone a £40m management buy-out backed by Bridgepoint Capital.

GeoPost UK is planning to create at least 20 new jobs at its Parceline and Interlink Express telesales centre in Smethwick.

Aberdeen Airport has announced plans to build a third heliport, which will be used by Bond Helicopters.

Tellings Golden Miller is to acquire the Dartford operations of Crystals Coaches, as part of a strategy to expand its bus and coach network in the south-east.

Carmarthenshire County Council is to build a £5m road at Burry Port, as part of a strategy to help generate 1,000 new jobs in the Llanelli area.

Go-Ahead has acquired Wilts & Dorset Bus Company, the Poole-based operator of 365 buses, for £32m.

The Strategic Rail Authority is considering plans to open up Channel tunnel rail freight to a wider range of operators from November 2006, by introducing a new subsidy system.

Planned Storage Systems, the Swindon-based provider of storage solutions, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.

Network Rail has won approval from the Strategic Rail Authority to invest £25m in the installation of new facilities at 68 stations, mainly in East Anglia and the north-west.

EasyJet is to recruit a further 24 cabin crew in Belfast next month, in preparation for the planned expansion in its services over the next year.

First Group and Keolis of France have secured an eight-year franchise to operate trains in the Trans-Pennine region, and about 200 jobs will be created in a £260m investment.

Braemar Seascope is to acquire Cory Brothers, the ship agency, for £1.5m.

Exel is to acquire Unidocks, the Brazilian provider of logistics services to the pharmaceutical sector, for about £1.5m.

P&O is to invest £800m expanding the port of Qingdao in China over the next six years, in partnership with Maersk and a number of local companies.

Associated British Ports is to invest £1.1m at the Port of Cardiff in order to create a steel importing facility for Marshall Maritime Services.

Tibbett & Britten is to close the Asda distribution centre in Corby and 197 staff will be offered the chance to relocate to a new site at Magna Park in Lutterworth by March 2004.

Cenargo has sold its logistics division out of administration to a management buy-in, securing the future of its Eaglescliffe depot on Teesside, which is home to 600 jobs.

Simon Group is to sell Seawheel Holdings, the transportation and distribution services business, to management for a nominal sum.

Southwold Town Council is to consider plans from the Southwold Railway Society for a £6.5m project to recreate the former rail link to Halesworth.

Alnmaritec is to increase its workforce in Alnwick from 16 to 40 over the coming weeks, following an increase in demand for aluminium-hulled work boats.

Ferguson Shipbuilders of Glasgow has won a £15m contract from Plymouth City Council to build three replacement ferries for the Torpoint service.

Flybe is to introduce six new daily routes from Exeter Airport to Alicante, Malaga, Murcia, Belfast, Glasgow and Edinburgh, with the creation of up to 100 jobs.

GNER, the train operator, is to create about 300 jobs at its customer service centre in Newcastle-upon-Tyne over the next 12 months.

Chalcroft has won a £8m contract to build a cold store and distribution centre in Newark for transport company Phil Hanley.

BAA is to invest up to £30m in a new rail connection between Heathrow Airport and the west London suburbs of Hayes, Ealing and Southall, and the service is expected to start by the end of 2004.

National Express is to submit plans for a new £8m coach station at Great Charles Street in Birmingham.

Tibbett & Britten is to relocate up to 84 staff from its distribution centre at the Meridian Business Park near Braunstone to depots in Lutterworth and Crick, in order to provide extra space for its contract with Hewlett Packard.

Innogy is to invest £11m in a new deep water jetty at Tilbury Power Station, in order to handle larger vessels and enable the plant to burn a wide range of fuels.

GB Liners has acquired International Moving Company, adding four new sites to its nationwide network of removals and storage branches.

Network Rail has submitted plans for a £30m rail depot on a 108-acre site near March in Cambridgeshire, and work could start later this year.

Liverpool City Council is to consider plans for the development of a £18m transport interchange in south Liverpool, including a new railway station, bus depot and park-and-ride car park.

Associated British Ports has announced plans to invest £4m in the expansion of Millbay Docks in Plymouth, in preparation for the launch of a new superferry that will sail to Spain from next April.

Exel is to acquire Transbeynak, the Turkish supply chain management company, for undisclosed terms.

Stagecoach has sold its Citybus business in Hong Kong to New World First Bus Services for £176m.

Stagecoach has agreed to sell the west and south-central regions of Coach USA to merchant bank Kohlberg & Co for £93m.

Sea Containers is in exclusive negotiations to sell the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company ferry service to private equity firm Montagu for up to £150m.

BAA is to recruit an additional 700 security staff at its seven UK airports this year.

British Airways has sold Deutsche BA, its German subsidiary, to Intro Verwaltungsgesellschaft for a nominal sum.

British Airways has won approval from the US competition authorities to introduce a code-sharing agreement with American Airlines, which will enable each carrier to sell seats on many of the other's services.

Gist is investing £8m in a new temperature-controlled logistics facility at its Faversham depot.

Syltone has acquired certain assets of CE-Loading Systems and Aarig Terminal Systems for less than £1m, in order to expand its marine loading arm manufacturing operations in North America.

P&O is to sell its routes and vessels at the ports of Liverpool, Fleetwood and Dublin to Stena Line, and its recently-opened terminal at the port of Mostyn will close with the loss of 26 jobs.

Stagecoach has agreed to sell its Coach USA Transit bus operations in the US to First Transit, a subsidiary of First Group, for about £15m.

The Strategic Rail Authority has approved plans from St George to build a £1.7m railway station at Imperial Wharf in Fulham, west London.

Pink Link, the Huddersfield-based haulage firm with 50 staff and 20 vehicles, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Lloyds TSB Corporate.

BBA Group is to acquire the Midcoast Aviation Fixed Base Operation at St Louis Lambert International Airport in the US for £6m, in order to expand its Signature Flight subsidiary.

Royal Mail is launching a recruitment drive to find 350 employees for a new £40m distribution centre due to open in Crick in September, and a further 300 will join later.

Midland Expressway is recruiting about 150 staff in preparation for the opening of the new M6 Toll road in January, including toll assistants and traffic control operators.

Gwynedd Council is considering plans from Alfred McAlpine for a £17m investment in a railway system to transport 2m tonnes of crushed waste from its quarries in Blaenau Ffestiniog and Penrhyn, with the creation of 90 jobs.

Wolverhampton Council has announced proposals to rebuild Wolverhampton railway station at a cost of £9m.

One NorthEast and Redcar & Cleveland Council are starting work on the development of a £3m freight park at Middlesbrough Road East, which could create 620 jobs over the next five years.

Christian Salvesen is to sell its German industrial logistics business to a management buy-out for a nominal sum.

Covelink Marine is looking to set up a factory in County Durham to build a new amphibious tourist bus, which could create up to 200 jobs by next year.

BAA is planning to invest £8.4bn on the expansion and modernisation of Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports over the next 11 years.

Mid Suffolk District Council is to consider outline plans from GB Railways for the development of a rail freight depot at Creeting St Peter, near Stowmarket, which could create up to 500 jobs.

Tendring District Council has received plans from Hutchison Ports for the development of a new container terminal at Harwich, which could lead to the creation of more than 700 jobs.

Gloystarne, the Rotherham-based warehousing and transport company with 300 staff, has been bought out of administration by New Wave Logistics of Milton Keynes for undisclosed terms.

Associated British Ports is to invest £2m in new facilities at Grimsby and Immingham, which will involve Sea-Cargo moving its container service to Immingham and Freshney Cargo Services expanding its operation at Grimsby.

Bmibaby is to set up a new base for its budget airline at Teesside airport this year, with the creation of 50 jobs.

Peel Holdings has secured government approval to build a £80m commercial airport at the former RAF Finningley base near Doncaster by the end of next year.

Liverpool John Lennon Airport is to go-ahead with a £20m expansion project that will lead to the introduction of flights to Milan, Copenhagen and Munich and create 700 jobs.

Associated British Ports has secured a £1.2m grant from the Strategic Rail Authority for a £2m expansion of the Hams Hall rail terminal in Midlands by its ABP Connect division.

Lufthansa Technical Training is to set up an aviation training centre in Cwmbran, in a joint venture with Blakebrook International.

Bibby Distribution is to open a 41,000 sq ft site for its Bibby Route One Network near Birmingham, and is seeking 10 staff.

Eurotunnel is seeking permission to operate freight trains in France next year, as part of a strategy to find new sources of income.

Watermark Group is to acquire M'n'H Recycling, the Sussex-based recycler of airline amenity and other travel products, for up to £1.3m.

The Welsh Development Agency is hoping to develop a rail-connected distribution hub at Wentloog, providing up to 500,000 sq ft of warehousing, and a developer is being sought.
24-Mar-2003 is creating up to 32 jobs at a new office supplies distribution facility in Machynlleth, Powys.

Jarvis Rail is to retrain up to 150 former miners to work on the railways over the next two years, using a new multimedia training centre being set up at the closed North Selby colliery.

The Scottish Executive has unveiled proposals for a £500m project to provide rail links to Edinburgh and Glasgow airports by 2010, and will now fund the design work needed to obtain parliamentary approval.

Trent Barton is considering plans to relocate its Nottingham bus depot from Lower Parliament Street to a goods yard off London Road, in order to make way for a council-led city centre regeneration scheme.

Newcastle Airport expects to create about 2,000 new jobs over the next five years, with the number of passengers doubling to 6m a year.

Kuehne & Nagel has acquired Seabrook & Smith, the Essex-based wine logistics company with 50 staff.

The Scottish Executive has indicated that it would provide £375m of funding to develop the first stages of a new tram network in Edinburgh by 2009.

Business Post Group has acquired BXT, the Birmingham-based technical courier with 138 staff, for £1.8m.

InVision has acquired Yxlon, the airport security company, from Botts & Co for £24m.

Air Wales is looking to set up the first scheduled airline service from Wales to London for more than 30 years, and up to 100 jobs could be created with flights operating from Cardiff and Swansea airports to London City Airport.

RH Group of Nottingham has acquired the business of Enterprise European Roadfreight out of administration, including sites in West Thurrock, Bristol and Milton Keynes.

Stena Line is to invest £70m in a ferry crossing between Northern Ireland and Scotland, by building new terminals at Belfast and Cairnryan by mid 2005.

Arterial Motors, the Derby-based transport firm with 28 buses and 30 staff, has been acquired by TransLinc of Lincoln for undisclosed terms.

ProLogis has acquired a 16-acre distribution depot in West Thurrock for £11m, which will involve Case New Holland relocating its tractor business to ProLogis Park in Northamptonshire.

Sunderland Council is backing a report from developers GL Hearn for a £10m refurbishment of the city's central railway station.

Scottish Power is considering plans to stop importing coal via Hunterston on the Clyde in order to set up its own shipping terminal at Burntisland, with the creation of up to 100 jobs.

City of York Council is backing plans for the development of a £1m Yorkshire Rail Academy at the National Railway Museum, in order to provide training for railway workers.

Bmibaby is to open a third UK base for its low-cost airline business at Manchester airport, with the creation of 50 jobs.

Smart Approach, the provider of security training to airport operators, has agreed to a £3.5m reverse takeover deal with Aim-listed cash shell Robert H Lowe.

Fenland District Council is in discussions with Network Rail about plans to set up a track maintenance depot on a 200-acre derelict site in the town of March, which could create 500 jobs.

East Riding Council is planning to set up a new transport depot in Market Weighton, with the transfer of 20 staff from its Pocklington depot, 20 from Goole and 35 from Beverley.

CTC Marine Projects, the Darlington-based under-sea telecoms cable laying company, has undergone a £6m management buy-out.

Shetland Islands Council has announced plans to build a £3.3m ferry terminal at Hamars Ness, Fetlar, with completion due in March 2004.

Virgin Express is to receive a £23m equity injection from Virgin Group to fund the expansion of its low-cost airline.

Ryanair has acquired the Buzz budget airline from KLM for £16m, and is also looking to buy an additional 100 Boeing aircraft.

ProLogis is in negotiations to acquire the 200-acre Lafarge site near St Albans, which could lead to the development of a 3m sq ft distribution centre and rail terminal.

BAe Systems and Thales have won a £2.9bn government contract to build two aircraft carriers, with most of the construction work expected to be carried out at yards in Scotland.

National Express is planning to set up a new bus depot in Walworth, as part of a strategy to expand its bus operations in London.

Hays Distribution Services has reached agreement with Richardson Developments to set up a 260,000 sq ft warehouse at Merlin Park in Birmingham, which will create about 100 jobs.

BMI is to create 33 new jobs at Aberdeen Airport through the £4.2m relocation of its engineering base from East Midlands Airport.

Arup and its partners in the London Regional Metro consortium have announced proposals for an alternative project to the London Crossrail scheme, which would involve a new tunnel between Paddington and Liverpool Street.

London Underground is planning to invest £29m overhauling its IT systems, with contracts being awarded to SAP and Axon.

Daventry District Council is to consider plans for the expansion of the Daventry International Railfreight Terminal, with the creation of 2,000 jobs by 2006.

Western Log is setting up a new timber import terminal at Cardiff docks, in order to handle rising demand for fencing products from Estonia and Latvia.

DHL Aviation is creating 24 new jobs at East Midlands Airport, in order to expand its warehousing operation.

The Tube Lines consortium has announced details of the £4.4bn upgrade programme for the Jubilee, Piccadilly and Northern underground lines in London, including track renewal, station refurbishments and new carriages.

Teesside Airport is expected to undergo a £20m expansion programme following its acquisition by Peel Airports.

York Inward Investment Board has announced the formation of a new railway engineering company called Lancsville Rail, which will create more than 50 jobs at premises in Goodramgate this year.

Mitchell's of Mansfield is to set up a new £2.5m distribution centre and warehouse near Sutton-in-Ashfield, following an increase in its overnight palletised freight business.